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3881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 6 months in whats been your GOTY up to now? on: June 26, 2011, 01:49:53 PM
Out of those choices? The Witcher 2.
3882  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The conservative image on: June 25, 2011, 07:42:27 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 25, 2011, 03:04:32 PM

I'm gonna chime in and say how sad I am that the words "liberal" and "conservative" have been co-opted by these religious and political idiots and turned into words used to demonize people.    Oh you are a liberal?  You are a bleeding heart and want to hug trees and love socialism.  Oh you are conservative?  You believe in equal rights for everyone who is white and Christian and enjoy screwing over everyone who isn't you.   When did these statements become divisional?  Conservative used to mean 'careful'. (He was more conservative with his lead foot as gas prices were so high) Liberal used to me 'use a lot of'.  (He placed a liberal amount of sauce on his wings)   It makes me a sad sad panda.

I dunno. I'm not terribly influenced by the party rhetoric since I'm a dirty foreigner, but I've always read those words as "traditionalist" (conservative. Let's keep doing the safe stuff that has always worked) and "supporter of freedom" (liberal. Let's think forward and pull up some roots, for liberty). Your descriptions seem to be written by conservatives, considering most people would always side with them if those were the way things really worked. Yet that's not the case. For example, the last conservative president (Bush) used an absurd amount of money and military resources during his terms compared to what most presidents do, yet a large amount of conservatives seem to support him in that.
3883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [3DS] Zelda: Ocarina of Time on: June 25, 2011, 02:31:31 PM

Quote from: Misguided on June 25, 2011, 02:23:14 PM

That's interesting. The only change I ever noticed was the screen dimming when switching to 3D. Perhaps the titles I've seen are designed with the 3D in mind. That would imply that a strictly 2D game could be, in theory, vastly superior graphically?

This is kind of complicated. I don't know how the 3DS works internally, but I'd guess the hardware is designed with some shortcuts to render objects to two almost identical screens quickly. There are many ways to cheat to make this stuff fast. Most games will probably have the option (for the developers) of improving the graphics quality if you turn 3D off, but it's up to them to implement it. Zelda adds anti-aliasing when you turn off the 3D, which makes the graphics look more smooth. 

I don't think we're going to see any strictly 2D games on this platform, but I guess a game with absolutely no 3D support could push the hardware a bit further. Not enough to be worth it though.

Btw, has anyone else noticed that the screen feels larger when you turn 3D on in Zelda? Every time I turn off 3D I'm surprised by how small the screen suddenly appears.
3884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [3DS] Zelda: Ocarina of Time on: June 25, 2011, 08:24:26 AM
Games on the 3DS obviously require more processing power when using the 3D effect. There's no free "magic trick" to avoid this, though there are tricks that reduce the power needed. The effect is minimal in Zelda though. You can see a slight dip in framerate when you go from 2D to 3D, but it's barely noticeable.
3885  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: June 24, 2011, 01:36:22 PM

Quote from: Razgon on June 24, 2011, 01:05:29 PM

Damn you! I know officially have no idea what language to start out with... I've tried VB and Python - Liked python, but am seeing a lack of how to make UI's can be crippling to me.

Our C# suggestions are bouncing off you, I see. How about this: C# and VB are pretty damn close, except C# is actually useful beyond MS Office macros. They use the same tools, so if you thought it was easy to make a GUI in VB, you'll find it easy to make a GUI in C#.
3886  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: June 24, 2011, 04:26:51 AM

Quote from: happydog on June 23, 2011, 10:16:04 PM

Quote from: Razgon on June 22, 2011, 06:33:48 PM

Thanks Skylander, but for now, I think the best way for me personally, is to go ahead with something I'd find interesting myself, and Visual Basic seems to fit the bill. I may change my opinion of course ;-)

Does anyone know of any good tutorials for Visual Basic 2010 other than those at MS's own website? The second tutorial there has loads of errors in it, making it pretty hard (for me) to complete

I was going to add some other ideas, but then you said VB and I have to just yell STOP! If you think VB is ok, then go with C#. Where some people said you will learn a lot of great fundamentals by going with C/C++ you will do just the opposite with VB. It is a horrible language that needed to die many years ago.

Yeah. The only reason it's alive is because Microsoft backed it. I seem to recall that even they regretted that later. VB is a one-way street. Go with C#.
3887  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: June 23, 2011, 08:09:39 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on June 23, 2011, 08:07:50 PM

Not sure I like that casting for one reason (book 2 - 4 spoilers ahead!):
Spoiler for Hiden:
Isn't Margaery supposed to be 14? This actress is nearly 30. That's a big difference and will certainly be especially noticeable during her betrothal to Joffrey.

As with other children in the series, they've probably aged her up. The actress also has a pixie-like look to her that can make her look convincing as a 20-year old girl or so.
3888  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: June 23, 2011, 07:17:26 PM
Zarkon, you're waaaaay too critical.

In other news, Margaery Tyrell has been cast.

3889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [3DS] Zelda: Ocarina of Time on: June 23, 2011, 06:13:23 AM
I've played this for a bit now, but I don't feel like I've gotten very far. It's entertaining so far, and the 3D feels great. I don't quite see why people call it the best game ever yet, but I guess the reasons will become more obvious eventually.

Having said that, I tend to dislike Japanese game design by default, so it's an uphill battle for the game. The dialogue writing in particular is extremely lazy and anything but convincing. To paraphrase the first dialogue you have with Zelda herself:

Zelda: "I had this dream about a shadow across the land. I suspect it's that man you can see through that window, Gannondorf. Yes, it must be him. He's the shadow. Sure, he's swearing fealty to the King in there, but it must be an act! He's probably plotting the King's downfall as we speak. Yes, that must be it! You must stop him! If you don't, the realm is in danger. Wait, the entire world is in danger!"

Link: "Uh... okay. You want us to actively oppose one of the King's bannermen because you had a vague dream about a shadow? Can I have a second opinion before I head out on this epic quest of yours?"

If Link was capable of speaking (and what's up with that?) I'm sure that's what he would say.
3890  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: June 22, 2011, 02:09:14 PM

Quote from: zinckiwi on June 22, 2011, 01:19:26 PM

I think something to bear in mind, too, is that there are (broadly) two categories of learning "good programming". One is technical: python or C# isn't going to teach you about pointers and linked lists and memory management. C++ will.

But the other is logical: how to write modular code, choose the right flow control for the circumstances, learn "big ideas" instead of the minutiae of syntax; even something as simple as good formatting*. For someone just starting out, I'd say that the logical stuff is more important to learn early than the technical stuff.

I agree completely. All the pointer knowledge in the world isn't going to do squat to improve your applications if you don't know design.
3891  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: June 22, 2011, 11:58:09 AM
Do NOT attempt to start programming with C++ unless you've got a natural talent and more enthusiasm than you know what to do with. C++ is extremely flexible, which is why it's the wrong place to start in. Because of its flexibility, it allows you to develop bad habits which are going to be incredibly hard to get rid of later.

Java is often considered the perfect learning language, but I wouldn't recommend that either unless you're planning to code professionally. Java feels like a theoretically appealing programming language more than a practically appealing one.

Python, PHP and other scripting languages are a possibility, but I wouldn't recommend them either. They have some rather glaring problems in my eyes, and languages like PHP suffer from the same bad habit issue as C++.

Go with C#. It's relatively easy to learn and will force you to adapt good habits from the beginning. It gets you into the object oriented mindset that you're going to need, rather than the traditional way of teaching that has you starting with ANSI C and learning OO later (which is tough, let me tell you!). C# is popular both in professional business programming and in gaming these days. It may not be used for the game code itself in most cases, but it's often used for writing the toolsets.

An added bonus: Learning C# allows you to code and publish games for the Xbox 360 in the simplest way possible through the XNA Framework.

As an aside, be careful about accepting programming advice blindly from people who've been doing this kind of thing for a while (like me). Most of us aren't really capable of judging the best approach to programming any more, and we often went about it the wrong way ourselves. I myself started with Basic, then went through C, Java, C++ and later C#. While it's made me a better programmer in the end, it was a bad approach that forced me to unlearn many habits along the way. Learning C++ first will make it very easy to learn just about any other programming language later, but getting there in the first place takes years.
3892  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: June 22, 2011, 04:38:13 AM

Quote from: rittchard on June 21, 2011, 11:03:55 PM

Side note, wtf was up with the scene with Pycelle (old dude) and the naked hooker chick?  I got absolutely nothing from it for the life of me.  Was there some backstory there I missed?  Or was it supposed to be funny?  Or just an excuse to show her titties?  Given it was the season finale, I would have preferred to see just about anything or anyone else.

Pycelle had been neglected most of the season, leaving most viewers thinking he was a witless old man and nothing else. That scene was put there to make sure people realize that he's playing a game himself, pretending to be weak and slow where in reality he's not. It was necessary to have a scene like that so that the viewers didn't just archive him in their "unimportant characters" folder.
3893  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 22, 2011, 04:33:01 AM

Quote from: ATB on June 20, 2011, 08:56:41 PM

If the dog is keeping up with the car, how fast could the car be going? 10? 15?

And with that, ATB reveals his lack of knowledge about physics.

I'd be surprised if the dog even lived after that fall. At the very least, it'd break all its legs and some ribs. Very poor taste to post that, but I do realize that a lot of people think like ATB in that they believe living creatures can take a lot more punishment than they actually can. That's why we keep seeing those "jackass-lite" videos on YouTube. The participants simply don't realize what kind of danger they put themselves in because all they know is Hollywood physics.
3894  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: June 21, 2011, 07:22:43 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on June 21, 2011, 07:03:39 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 21, 2011, 05:53:44 PM

Quote from: Razgon on June 21, 2011, 05:52:06 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on June 21, 2011, 05:41:52 PM

I guess all I want to know is do the people that I/we want to win finally win in some form? Or it going to continuously be me being pissed off that this show?

Basically, you are in for a world of hurt. Good guys don't automatically win, and things are going to get a helluva lot worse. That said, *some* do alright for themselves

Yeah, you may want to stop watching before season 3 :O

I guess part of me wonders what is the point then, why invest yourself into something that will end shitty. I mean part of me enjoys TV and novels and so forth because the people you want to win end up winning eventually. Just makes me questions the "escape" aspect of things like this I deal with real life politics and bullshit everyday I'd rather not come home and watch it. One of the main reasons that I got through Enders Game but I was just depressed through the whole thing and didn't read that much more of the series. And yeah I know the ending of Ender's Game but that wasn't really a "win". Hopefully that makes sense, ha.

Nobody knows how it ends. We're still 3 books away from that. We do know that there are major setbacks and major victories along the way, but unlike most stories the setbacks actually mean something.
3895  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: June 21, 2011, 03:24:21 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 21, 2011, 03:10:03 PM

Okay, finale kind of surprised me as I'd always heard from folks that the reason they loved the GoT series of books was because it was a realistic depiction of a medieval empire.  

They probably meant a different thing from what they told you, in that case. A Song of Ice and Fire is a realistic depiction of a fantasy world.

And Joffrey is (or so he believes) the son of a powerful father who neglects him and a bitter, manipulating and slightly insane mother who fucks up his world view. That, and he's a teenager who suddenly got handed a large amount of power and who has a strong need to shape his own path beyond anyone's direct control. A lot of people would end up looking like evil caricatures under such circumstances.
3896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: June 21, 2011, 12:55:18 PM
I have one of these, which has survived hours upon hours of playing and taken me from the early days of Easy difficulty up to Expert. It's a joy to play and has real weight, making it feel like less of a toy and more authentic.

Then again, I don't have a massive amount of experience with these controllers. The others I've tried haven't felt anywhere as solid as this one though.
3897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis 2 - pulled from Steam! on: June 17, 2011, 07:12:19 AM

Quote from: Razgon on June 17, 2011, 06:39:33 AM

Quote from: TiLT on June 15, 2011, 07:30:21 PM

The difference between Valve and EA in this matter is that Steam is an "open" platform where anyone can release games. EA's platform isn't, which means that unless players for some bizarre reason only play EA games, they'll be forced to use multiple download services. Thanks, but no thanks.

Not really, they have to be approved first and not everyone does so. And this is Valve doing it.

Can you name any games that have been rejected from Steam? The only ones I've heard about were indie games that turned out to be too small for that market (or Steam would be drowned with crappy indie games).
3898  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wait, Jeffery Deaver's writing James Bond now?! on: June 16, 2011, 05:00:32 AM

Quote from: rshetts2 on June 16, 2011, 03:34:33 AM

One thing I will point out.  As much as I enjoyed the recent Bond movies with Daniel Craig I always felt that they were missing the humor and swagger that exemplified Bond in his prime.

Craig's Bond has plenty of humor, but it's delivered a little more subtly than it used to.

"How was your lamb?"
"Skewered! One sympathizes."
3899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis 2 - pulled from Steam! on: June 15, 2011, 07:30:21 PM
The difference between Valve and EA in this matter is that Steam is an "open" platform where anyone can release games. EA's platform isn't, which means that unless players for some bizarre reason only play EA games, they'll be forced to use multiple download services. Thanks, but no thanks.
3900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - now with babymaking contest! on: June 15, 2011, 05:41:54 PM
I'm going to hate finding dungeons in the wild and thinking "I'd better not go in there, or I'll block off this dungeon as a quest location". That's going to really improve immersion.
3901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis 2 - pulled from Steam! on: June 15, 2011, 05:38:18 PM

Quote from: Crawley on June 15, 2011, 05:06:47 PM

Ugh. Guess its going back PC-DVD sales for EA games. Will not be installing another gaming service to download games. If their games start requiring Origin to install I'll be pretty POed.

That's probably what's going to happen. The Old Republic will be exclusively available through that shitty portal, for example. There's no way I'm going to support a consumer-hostile move like that. You're not supposed to tell the customers where to go. You're supposed to go where the customers are. Sure, they'll get away from the 30% service fee Valve requires, but they'll piss off almost every single online customer they have in the process. Is it worth it? It better fucking not be.
3902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the Steam is a changing: Free to Play Games Have Arrived on: June 15, 2011, 03:05:11 PM
Ah, finally I can have Champions in Steam without having to add a non-Steam game to the interface. And it has achievements. Tons of them! More than 700, in fact! I hope they're awarded retroactively. slywink
3903  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 6 Most Ominous Trends in Video Games on: June 15, 2011, 01:39:47 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 15, 2011, 12:53:40 PM

I found this line to be paticularly spot-on:

Quote
The difference between the games you played as a kid and the games you'll be playing in the coming years is the difference between owning a car and having to pay for a cab every time you want to leave the house.

I find that to be particularly revisionist. The games we played as kids were the ones where you had to keep feeding the machines money to play more.
3904  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Found a bug? Let us know! on: June 15, 2011, 05:14:14 AM

Quote from: Teggy on June 14, 2011, 06:50:53 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 14, 2011, 01:26:04 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on June 14, 2011, 11:51:02 AM

Quote from: disarm on June 12, 2011, 06:03:04 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on June 12, 2011, 05:23:01 PM

Quote from: disarm on June 08, 2011, 02:21:34 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on June 07, 2011, 12:21:30 PM

The "View all unread topics" button for me just returns no results. The weird thing is that sometimes it works and shows results and other times (like just now after not visiting the site in 12 hours or so), I get nothing.

this is my biggest complaint right now...feature that i used all the time as an effecient way to catch up on the forums doesn't give me any results most of the time.  instead of getting an organized list of all the topics with new posts, i currently have to go into each subforum individually and it takes a lot more time to skim for new stuff.  it's strange that it does work correctly once in a while, but it's faulty most of the time.



Just in case it helps: the "View all unread topics" button seems to always work correctly with on my IPod. It's only when browsing with my computer (using Firefox 3.6) that I experience the problem.

it's still very hit or miss for me...works one time, but fails the next (with Chrome on my desktop, and Firefox on my laptop).

I've also noticed that it seems to happen when I've been away from the forums for awhile. For example, it seems to always happen the first time I check the forums in the morning. Maybe it has something to do with how the date or time is registering?

Have you tried clearing your cache?

I just came to post about this. What seems to happen for me is that the first time I hit the link it works, but if I hit it again it shows me (I think) just the posts that have been made since the last time I clicked the link. So, first click = 30 topics, second click = 2 topics. I'm not sure if that's exactly what's happening, but it might be.

This seems to happen with Tapatalk too.
3905  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wait, Jeffery Deaver's writing James Bond now?! on: June 14, 2011, 07:48:29 PM
Well, I bought it thanks to this thread.
3906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Codemasters hacked on: June 14, 2011, 07:38:20 PM
Well, Anonymous certainly doesn't need enemies. They can destroy their own reputation perfectly well on their own.
3907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nukem Forever is out! No World Ending Reported! on: June 14, 2011, 05:26:14 PM

Quote from: Old Negus on June 14, 2011, 05:20:20 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 14, 2011, 05:08:18 PM

Quote from: Old Negus on June 14, 2011, 04:58:27 PM

Aw, man. The PC version uses a checkpoint save system? 14 years of waiting all for nothing! It takes something amazing to make me play a checkpoint save system game but this doesn't quite qualify. Sad day. Maybe they'll patch it in 5-6 years to make it save anywhere.

It saves so often you'll barely notice anyway.

Really? Did you ever get frustrated by having to re-play parts? I have an insanely low tolerance for re-playing sections just because of poor game design. But if it saves every 20 feet I'm probably ok with that.

I don't think it ever forced me to replay parts, though I may be misremembering. I suppose it might have been more of a problem at higher difficulties, but on Normal it never bothered me (except for one boss where I had to sit through about half a minute of dialogue before each attempt).
3908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nukem Forever is out! No World Ending Reported! on: June 14, 2011, 05:08:18 PM

Quote from: Old Negus on June 14, 2011, 04:58:27 PM

Aw, man. The PC version uses a checkpoint save system? 14 years of waiting all for nothing! It takes something amazing to make me play a checkpoint save system game but this doesn't quite qualify. Sad day. Maybe they'll patch it in 5-6 years to make it save anywhere.

It saves so often you'll barely notice anyway.
3909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2K announces Duke Nukem Forever for 360, PS3 (and PC) 2011 on: June 14, 2011, 04:25:21 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on June 13, 2011, 11:29:59 PM

Just curious about one thing though. Did they keep the old man in the desert with the donkey or did that get scrapped?

I never ran into him, so I assume he was scrapped.
3910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2K announces Duke Nukem Forever for 360, PS3 (and PC) 2011 on: June 13, 2011, 07:49:28 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on June 13, 2011, 07:30:03 PM

makes me wonder if perhaps we placed too much faith in the developers.

Uh, what? I think you must be alone in doing exactly that. icon_lol Duke Nukem Forever will go down in history as one of the worst (if not THE worst) managed game projects in history. There were a few posts around the Internet by ex-3D Realms employees after they lost the game to Gearbox where they talk about the total lack of proper project management. This was a game designed and managed by people with almost unlimited time and funds and no real organization to keep things under control. There was no way it would end well, and it didn't.

The playability that is in Duke Nukem Forever today (and I find it very playable) is probably there thanks to Gearbox.
3911  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 13, 2011, 07:07:31 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on June 13, 2011, 07:05:51 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 13, 2011, 07:04:11 PM

Quote from: Jag on June 13, 2011, 06:55:33 PM

Speaking of painful MLB gifs:

WTF is going on in that picture?

 icon_confused

She's taking the baseball from the kid??

Oh thank god. I didn't even see the baseball and drew all the wrong conclusions. I feel better now. Tongue
3912  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 13, 2011, 07:04:11 PM

Quote from: Jag on June 13, 2011, 06:55:33 PM

Speaking of painful MLB gifs:



WTF is going on in that picture?
3913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Impressions, Mods and all that good stuff! on: June 13, 2011, 06:44:40 PM

Quote from: Crawley on June 13, 2011, 06:28:40 PM

Really loving this game but have stopped playing now due to all the crashes to desktop once hitting Floatsm. It looks like its that Vista/Win7 3GB issue which can be fixed with a command line entry but no way I'm modifying my system files for a single game. 

If you're referring to the so-called 3GB switch, it should be pretty safe and might help you with other games/applications as well. I've done the same thing myself (for Visual Studio, not games) and had no problems with it. In fact, it improved performance dramatically.
3914  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Gods Coming to HBO on: June 13, 2011, 05:06:15 PM
Sounds like they're planning to go the True Blood route by greatly diverging from the source material. It's an interesting story, but I don't know if it's got 6 seasons of interesting in it. We'll see.
3915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Impressions, Mods and all that good stuff! on: June 13, 2011, 08:43:00 AM

Quote from: Shkspr on June 13, 2011, 01:49:54 AM

Quote from: TiLT on June 12, 2011, 11:19:28 PM

Not much anyone can do about it at this point, beyond having Valve rewrite their entire patching system. It was very shortsighted of the developers to publish a game with a this large datafile.

Yes.  Very shortsighted of them.  I'm given to understand that if they continue writing their games with huge datafiles like that, people may decide to buy the game direct from GOG.com rather than buying it from Steam. 

You have a point, though I don't think that's deliberate on their part. It's never a good business practice to piss off your customers, whether they use your preferred service or not.
3916  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Burn Notice is back on June 23 on: June 13, 2011, 08:11:46 AM

Quote from: Einsteinium on June 13, 2011, 03:07:57 AM

An ex-navy friend of mine couldn't get around the idea of Bruce Campbell playing a SEAL. I explained that he's actually just playing Bruce Campbell, and he seems to enjoy the show a lot more now.

biggrin Yeah, this show is full of little nods to him. Like when the rebels call him "The Chin" and he doesn't get it. Bruce Campbell wrote an autobiography called "If Chins Could Kill".
3917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2K announces Duke Nukem Forever for 360, PS3 (and PC) 2011 on: June 13, 2011, 06:37:54 AM
I think this is going to be an extremely polarizing game. Either you like it, or you hate it. I don't think there'll be much middle ground, and I don't think many people will outright love it.
3918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/13) on: June 13, 2011, 06:36:32 AM
Bought and played Duke Nukem Forever last week. Might buy Zelda, even though I'm no fan of the series.
3919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: June 12, 2011, 11:19:28 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 12, 2011, 09:56:38 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on June 07, 2011, 10:02:49 PM

Man I really picked the wrong game to buy off of Steam.  Another patch, another 9 gig download over my slow internet connection. 

they did that again?  owch.

Not much anyone can do about it at this point, beyond having Valve rewrite their entire patching system. It was very shortsighted of the developers to publish a game with a this large datafile.
3920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: June 12, 2011, 08:50:27 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on June 12, 2011, 08:28:57 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 12, 2011, 05:54:06 PM

Just finished the game (and I finished Duke Nukem Forever earlier today. Effective!). Loved (almost) every second of it. This was truly exceptional storytelling, mature and willing to challenge the player's ability to pay attention (I had a hard time keeping track of all the important players in the plot, but you don't really have to either).

Like in the first game, I managed to stay satisfyingly neutral despite every force in the universe attempting to get Geralt involved in some kind of political powerplay. I don't know if I was just lucky or if the writing is stellar all around, but I felt that every major choice I made turned out the right way in hindsight. The situation at the end of the game felt right to me based on the decisions I made.

I don't know why some people call the final chapter rushed. I didn't notice anything like that. It's shorter than the others, but that makes sense because of the plot. It certainly wasn't any less polished.

You literally go right to the boss in chapter 3. that's rushed. I loved the game but chapter 3 felt unfinished.

Well I certainly didn't. I did several sidequests and the main quest took me through several large encounters in different places before I encountered the "boss" (I honestly don't know who or what you're referring to with that word because of how The Witcher 2 is structured, though I guess it's one out of two NPCs that appear near the end). It was short, but it didn't feel rushed at all. There was no need for the plot to linger any more, and to do so would have truly felt forced.
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